Amitabh Mattoo was born in Srinagar, grew up in Gogji Bagh neighbourhood, went to the Irish catholic Burn Hall School and did his Doctorate from University of Oxford. He is Hon.Director of Australia-India Institute @Delhi & co-chair of Australia-India Leadership Dialogue. Prof Mattoo is Professor of International Politics and Disarmament (on leave) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne.He is currently Advisor to the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, with the status of a Cabinet Minister. From November 2002 until early December 2008, Amitabh Mattoo was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu. Amitabh Mattoo also serves on the Governing Council of The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and is a Director of the India-Afghanistan Foundation (established by the Governments of India and Afghanistan).Prof.Mattoo has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, USA, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Professor Mattoo was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of education and public life.